Erring

Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.
—Cunningham

Jan 232019
 

The best-attested, most frequently reproduced result in social science is that social scientists do not have the faintest idea how to conduct a study.

Jan 162019
 

Not making the same mistake twice seems exceedingly optimistic.

Jan 042019
 

The stupider the idea, the more intelligent you have to be to believe it.

Dec 112018
 

If you are stupid, you think your political opponents are evil, and if you are evil, you think they are stupid.

Oct 312018
 

We say of posthumously venerated figures that they waited generations or centuries to receive their due. It does not occur to us that they may have deserved their earlier neglect, and that it is we who have been taken in.

Oct 292018
 

To the vicious cant of equal result is opposed the vaguer, more plausible, and still more vicious cant of equal opportunity.

Oct 252018
 

To be great is to be misunderstood; but to affirm the consequent is rather more common.

Oct 032018
 

Every established bad practice relies on a vivid and convincing precedent; it has always worked, at least once.